We continue operating as normal to meet your needs due to being an essential business
This has been a real education process for our customers. Many of those individuals with the responsibility of quality control for some of the big packing companies and distribution centers didn’t understand what ethylene gas did to their fruits, vegetables, and floral products. Some thought that it was just part of the business to have a certain percentage of their product spoil. With the help of university and independent studies, they have learned it doesn’t have to be that way. Over the years our products have been proven to kill molds, rots, bacteria, viruses, and remove odors. Ethylene removal is now as important as the proper temperature and humidity
– Dave Biswell
In the early days, his product storage facility was a small corner in a country pole barn. He paid a friend $25 a month for a place to stack the product and cover it with a tarp. A couple of years later he rented from the same friend, half a metal building for $75 a month.
Biswell sold Ford trucks by the day and processed Ethylene Control sachets and filters by night. He worked out of the old warehouse for eight years until moving into his current 9,000 square foot facility just north of Selma, CA in January of 1994. He soon began manufacturing all of his own sachets, filters, and filtration systems.
His first year in business, Biswell reported a profit of almost $2,500; barely enough to buy a fax machine and bag cell phone. For many years he was the only employee, but he now employs seven people, plus distributors in every major fruit and flower growing region of the world.
While Biswell talked about the difficult early years when sales gains were small, the more recent trend has been exceptional. One year his sales increased by more than 300 percent. Every year we maintain steady growth in sales.
Customers have the choice of the EC-3+ scrubber; three sizes of sachets and filters used for walk-in boxes and sea containers.
Ethylene Control’s gross sales are in the millions annually with some of the largest companies in the world as clients. The once little-known product has long since been validated by extensive university research and proven in the real world of vegetables, tree fruit, and flowers. It removes ethylene gas from the atmosphere in a storage room or shipping container that allows the fruit, vegetables, and floral to be held longer without becoming decayed during transportation.
Since 1986, we’ve been blessed with many loyal customers. Most of them are still with us today because they’ve seen the value of the products and services that we provide. In addition, my staff has been a real key element in the success of Ethylene Control. Dan Deluca has been with ECI since 1996 and Matt Nelsen was with us since just after ECI began until his untimely death. All of our employees and distributors have played a big part in our success
– Dave Biswell
In Memory of Matt Nelsen
The workhorse of Biswell’s enterprise is the EC-3+ Clean Air system that he initially designed and constructed using a 55-gallon drum. Since then he has designed a prefabricated highly efficient ethylene gas scrubber and has thousands of them in packing facilities, food service, retail distribution centers, and cut flower operations scattered around the world.